If We Had been Having Espresso – Life Musing #15 – Wheelescapades


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A small living Christmas tree. The branches are puffing out with lots of greenery.


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If we have been having espresso I’d begin by saying thanks for sticking round. These previous two years haven’t been something like we might have predicted, and so they definitely aren’t what you signed up for.

Once I first began writing and also you first began studying, issues have been rather more motion packed. We’d chat about my adventures and the ridiculous entry limitations I'd face. I’d rant and ramble and have a very good moan. Nicely I suppose that hasn’t modified, even when the subject material has.

If we have been having espresso I’d let you know that’s all about to alter. I’m slowly getting again on the market, and though I’m being slightly picky concerning the escapades I’ll be venturing on, there'll at the very least be some!

I’ve even painted my nails.

If we have been having espresso I’d let you know I acquired my fourth dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. And that’s partly why the adventures can be recommencing. That and the truth that I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m certainly one of only a few left caring, nothing goes to alter by way of protections/restrictions, and an individual can solely really feel left behind for therefore lengthy.

If we have been having espresso I’d let you know that getting my fourth vaccine was not as straightforward because it sounds. These eligibility lists have at all times wanted a bit deciphering, leaving a lot to interpretation. Though I’ve at all times been classed as Clinically Extraordinarily Weak, these lists have been continuously being shortlisted. Neurological situations have been on the listing, however not Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Despite the fact that Motor Neurone Illness is, and SMA is a sort of that. However there we go, nothing in life is simple. Lengthy story shortish, cellphone calls, a consultants letter, a GP message and 101 questions on the vaccine centre later, I acquired jabbed.

If we have been having espresso we’d remember to speak concerning the climate. It’s been getting slightly sunny right here, you’d suppose summer time was on its manner. Thank goodness.

I’ve been pondering quite a bit about how the climate impacts me, these days. It’s virtually like there are two totally different variations of me. A winter me and a summer time me. Not solely is life simply higher when the solar shines, issues really feel on the up, motivation strikes. However I’m additionally remarkably extra cellular. Not within the working about type of manner. The solar doesn’t have fairly these powers. Issues are simply simpler, my palms have extra motion and power. I’m not all seized up. While you’re me, issues are measured in minuscule. A centimetre distinction in how full my cup is, could make or break my capability to raise it. Nicely when the solar shines, I really feel I achieve millimetres.

If we have been having espresso you may bear in mind Terrance. The residing Christmas tree. These hotter days have meant I’m again spending a bit extra time within the backyard, throughout which I seen Terrance appears to be flourishing.

A small living Christmas tree. The branches are puffing out with lots of greenery.

Possibly Christmas simply isn’t his factor.

If we have been having espresso I’d ask if you know the way troublesome it's to get eye check nowadays?! Most likely tougher than you suppose, if you’re a wheelchair consumer with very restricted mobility.

I booked an appointment on the native Specsavers. On-line as you do, as a result of the world is an accessible place nowadays. Ha. There have been some tick packing containers and sections to fill out in case you have any particular necessities. Entry shouldn’t be particular, however I alerted them of my wheels, and ticked the wheelchair entry field.

I arrive to their shock, having been booked into an inaccessible room. However that was the least of my considerations, as a result of as soon as that was shortly sorted I realised that the one solution to check your eyes at Specsavers nowadays is to place your head up towards a large machine that hardly strikes.

Lengthy story shortish, I couldn’t. After a hunt for the vintage testing glasses thingys that they didn’t have, I used to be informed my solely possibility was a house go to a month later. As a result of they've the vintage thingys which might be far too easy to make use of in retailer.

If we have been having espresso I’d let you know I shouldn’t must have a house go to for one thing so easy and routine. I did although, my eyes have been all okay. Though he did say I’ll seemingly want studying glasses by 40. Which isn’t all that distant. I ponder how accessible that appointment can be.

If we have been having espresso you may suppose I look a yr older. That’s as a result of I'm. I turned 37. The final birthday I had and not using a lockdown was 34. So I made a decision to enterprise out for this one.

If we have been having espresso you’d know that I’m keen on the occasional (common) afternoon tea. Nicely The Meeting Home in Norwich have not too long ago blended that up a bit, and have created the Beforenoon Tea. Now if there’s one thing I like virtually as a lot as afternoon tea, it’s brunch. This being a mixture of the 2, I needed to test it out.

Three tired cake stand with the sweet desserts at the top, scones on the bottom, and croissant and pasties in the middle.

It was scrumptious, as anticipated.

After devouring the primary course of a mini full English, a cake stand is served. Cheese scones with bacon jam (oh my), croissants full of cream cheese and smoked salmon, mini cheese toasties, sausage rolls, cinnamon cruffins, blueberry muffins, granola yoghurt, mango cheesecake. Evidently, I took a field of leftovers house!

If we have been having espresso I’d let you know that I did a bit procuring on the way in which house. Nicely I attempted to, however didn’t truly purchase something. I do know I’ve been in limbo for fairly a while, however shopping the rails in Primark was like stepping again right into a 90’s time warp. Camo crop tops and patchwork denim denims. I’ve lived by that earlier than, I don’t have to once more.

The place do 37 yr olds store for clothes? Real query.

If we have been having espresso I’d ask in case you knew that you possibly can react to a message on WhatsApp? (You realize, like add a sticky little thumbs up or coronary heart). As a result of I didn’t. Till a good friend informed me the opposite week. It looks like there are such a lot of methods now of displaying what we predict or really feel, with out saying a factor.

It’s humorous, although. As a result of I bear in mind a time when my texts was once like ‘R U ok?’ As a result of I’d run out of characters, and longer texts value extra money. No lie. Now my messages are so lengthy that I paragraph them. If solely I might have written my dissertation years in the past on WhatsApp. I’d have been accomplished in a day.

Whereas with regards to devices and know-how, if we have been having espresso I’d let you know Netflix wants a watched folder. Or a course of that highlights or darkens the titles you’ve seen. I do know there’s watch once more. However.

If we have been having espresso I’d let you know that I can watch a movie one yr solely to go and watch it the next one and marvel why it feels a bit déjà vu. I’ve seen it earlier than.

Whereas with regards to TV, I watched the final episode of This Is Us. I actually don’t need it to be the final episode. I really feel I’ve grown outdated with these Pearson’s.

There was this quote close to the top “If one thing makes you unhappy when it ends, it should have been fairly fantastic when it was occurring“

And it has by no means rung so true.

If we have been having espresso I’d let you know that the world misplaced two sparks final week. I used to be studying a ebook on the time and this quote got here up and actually made me suppose.

“Some people burn too bright to last long.”

An image to pin. Glass mug filled with dark liquid is standing on a grey marble surface.

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Every time associates and I are out we at all times find yourself discussing, critiquing, analysing the place we're and what we're doing. From speaking concerning the meals we're consuming, the cleaning soap within the bathrooms, the terrible bus journey to our vacation spot, something and all the things we encounter.
Due to my incapacity (SMA type2) lots of the conditions we get into, points we talk about and laughs now we have might be as a consequence of wheelchair entry. Usually me getting caught in mud or shingle, or me making my manner by essentially the most cram packed store you possibly can think about, questioning how I'm ever going to search out the way in which out once more!
I goal to jot down a weblog that describes these dramas, tells tales of our laughs, adventures and frustrations, whereas giving detailed data on accessibility and wheelchair entry.
Additionally I like tea. ALOT. The standard of the tea typically determines my return simply as a lot because the accessibility.
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